Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Citizens and Staff

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May 6, 2005


Fairfax County Board of Supervisors to Recognize Citizens and Staff, Issue Proclamations and Adopt Resolutions

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting on Monday, May 9, beginning at 9 a.m., will recognize the following citizens and staff for their accomplishments, issue proclamations and adopt resolutions as listed below. For more information, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711.

Emergency Medical Services Week
Teams are on call 24/7

The Board of Supervisors will designate the week of May 16-22, 2005, as Emergency Medical Services Week in Fairfax County. The availability of emergency medical care dramatically improves the survival and recovery rate of those who experience sudden illness or injury. A system of this type includes physicians, nurses, medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, educators and administrators who are at the ready 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Strike Up the Band
Robinson Secondary School ensemble wins Sudler Flag for the second time
The Robinson Secondary School Symphonic Band, Fairfax, will be recognized for winning its second Sudler Flag of Honor. The Sudler Flag of Honor is the premier recognition for high school bands based on standards of musical excellence and balanced programs of activities over a period of several years. Included in the criteria for activities are concerts, solos, ensembles and marching expertise. Robinson is one of only four high schools in the country to win this award twice.

Posthumous Recognition of Donald Senese
Passionate about history and politics
The Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution posthumously to honor Dr. Donald Joseph Senese, formerly of Alexandria, for his years of service on the Fairfax County History Commission. Senese, a noted teacher of history, served for nearly 20 years on the commission before his death in October 2004.

May is Early Intervention Awareness Month
Support and services are imperative
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 2005 as Early Intervention Awareness Month in Fairfax County. When children are born with developmental delays and disabilities it is crucial that they and their families receive the support and services needed. Partnerships between county agencies, physicians, daycare centers, the public schools and families with children with disabilities help ensure the continuation of early intervention services. These services enhance the overall development and promote the health and well-being of the families and their children.

Sean Douglass Rakes It in for Charity
An example for all to follow
Sean Douglass, of Annandale, and a senior at W. T. Woodson High School in Fairfax, will be recognized for his desire to support a local charity. Douglass coordinated 50 colleagues to rake leaves, garnering nearly $8,000 over three years, to support Fairfax for Immediate and Sympathetic Help. His efforts resulted in his being named a state honoree to receive a Prudential Spirit of Community Award.

5K Run/Walk to Serve Those in Need
Endeavor raises more than $13,000
A resolution will be adopted to commend the 2004 Kingstowne Faith 5K Run/Walk organizing committee for its effort in producing the third annual 5K run/walk to provide for individuals and families in Fairfax County who need assistance with housing, medical needs, clothing and food.

County Staff Receives National Recognition
Outstanding financial reporting
The Board of Supervisors will recognize county staff from the Wastewater Management program and the Department of Finance for receiving a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award was made for the program’s first Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Integrated Sewer System. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting. The attainment of this certificate represents a significant accomplishment by a government entity and its management.

May 14 is Girl Power! Day
Program is recognized nationally
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 14, 2005, as Girl Power! Day in Fairfax County. Girl Power! is a prevention program aimed at developing healthy behaviors in young women ages 9-14. The program currently involves more than 400 individuals throughout the county.

Improve the Quality of the Air
Bike to Work Day is May 20
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 20, 2005, as Bike to Work Day in Fairfax County. Bicycle commuting is an effective way to improve air quality, reduce traffic congestion and conserve energy. Bike to Work Day events will be held in Reston, Vienna and at the Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax.

May 2005 is Wetlands Month in Fairfax County
The important area between a body of water and dry land
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 2005 as Wetlands Month in Fairfax County. Wetlands are natural resources that need to be protected and restored because of their location between a body of water and dry land. They are among nature’s most dynamic but least understood natural resources that act as water storage areas; help to retain floodwaters; buffer wind, rain and wave action; purify drinking water naturally; and provide habitat and food for animals and fish. Wetlands in Fairfax County include Dyke Marsh, the Great Marsh at Mason Neck and Huntley Meadows Park.

Of Building Codes and Construction Safety
May 8-14 is Building Safety Week
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 8-14, 2005, as Building Safety Week in Fairfax County. States and local governments have long had the responsibility to adopt legislation and enforce laws to protect the health, welfare and safety of residents. Among the most important of these laws are those that ensure public health and safety in buildings in which people live, work and play. Residents are urged to recognize the importance of modern construction safety codes and the vital contributions rendered by individuals promoting building and construction safety.

Public Works Week is May 15-21
Services are part of everyday life for residents
The Board of Supervisors will designate May 15-21, 2005, as Public Works Week in Fairfax County. Public works programs include storm drainage, streetlights, walkways, public buildings, solid waste recycling, sanitary sewers, land development and building construction. The life of each resident in the county is touched by one or more of these areas on a daily basis.


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